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British Intelligence operative Tara Chace is accustomed to working in the shadows cast by world governments, but when one of the Queen's most affluent subjects is blackmailed by a French conglomerate trying to nab an important business contract, Tara's espionage turns to the corporate variety. Little do the blackmailers know, the sex and lies they captured on videotape inv British Intelligence operative Tara Chace is accustomed to working in the shadows cast by world governments, but when one of the Queen's most affluent subjects is blackmailed by a French conglomerate trying to nab an important business contract, Tara's espionage turns to the corporate variety. Little do the blackmailers know, the sex and lies they captured on videotape involved one of Chace's school-time friends, giving the agent extra incentive to foil the company and protect the interests of the Crown.


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British Intelligence operative Tara Chace is accustomed to working in the shadows cast by world governments, but when one of the Queen's most affluent subjects is blackmailed by a French conglomerate trying to nab an important business contract, Tara's espionage turns to the corporate variety. Little do the blackmailers know, the sex and lies they captured on videotape inv British Intelligence operative Tara Chace is accustomed to working in the shadows cast by world governments, but when one of the Queen's most affluent subjects is blackmailed by a French conglomerate trying to nab an important business contract, Tara's espionage turns to the corporate variety. Little do the blackmailers know, the sex and lies they captured on videotape involved one of Chace's school-time friends, giving the agent extra incentive to foil the company and protect the interests of the Crown.

30 review for Queen and Country, Vol. 4: Operation Blackwall

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    This case hits to close to home for Tara Chase, Minder 2 for the British Special Service. Her school friend has been involved in a sex scandal, a sex video being used to blackmail her father into caving and backing out of a multimillion dollar communcations business deal by a player in the French government. One of her bosses sends her to France to investigate and to intervene in any way possible. In the meantime, her affair with a coworker is starting to get too serious, and Tara knows she's go This case hits to close to home for Tara Chase, Minder 2 for the British Special Service. Her school friend has been involved in a sex scandal, a sex video being used to blackmail her father into caving and backing out of a multimillion dollar communcations business deal by a player in the French government. One of her bosses sends her to France to investigate and to intervene in any way possible. In the meantime, her affair with a coworker is starting to get too serious, and Tara knows she's going to have to pull the plug. This was good stuff. While the art is all black and white, it's beautifully done. The use of lines and shadows show talent that doesn't require coloring to dress it up (although I'm all for full-color artwork when it's there). The narrative is tense and suspenseful, even though the dialogue is very economical. Tara is a complex woman. Not exactly personable, but she shows a lot of integrity and grit. I like that about her. This is the first graphic novel I have read on my Kindle Fire, and I was pretty impressed at how easy it was to read and how good it looks. I'm kind of a cheapo, so I'm not saying I'm going to buy a lot of graphic novels in ebook format, but I will consider it more seriously now that I know I like the way they look on my ereader. Queen and Country is spy fiction, and it works very well in the graphic novel format with the excellent artwork and good writing by Rucka. I paid $3.99 for the Kindle version, and I was pretty satisfied with the purchase.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    In this volume the French Government attempts to blackmail a billionaire industrialist by releasing a sex tape starring his daughter. The catch being the entire tape was created as a plot. Someone was hired solely to gain her trust and eventually catch her on video in her most intimate moments. The tape was made without her knowledge as well. Come to find out, the daughter is an old friend of agent Tara Chase. Tara takes a personal interest in this one, which isnt good for the blackmailers. A par In this volume the French Government attempts to blackmail a billionaire industrialist by releasing a sex tape starring his daughter. The catch being the entire tape was created as a plot. Someone was hired solely to gain her trust and eventually catch her on video in her most intimate moments. The tape was made without her knowledge as well. Come to find out, the daughter is an old friend of agent Tara Chase. Tara takes a personal interest in this one, which isnt good for the blackmailers. A parallel storyline is taking place as well regarding Tara's relationship with her follow agent. Let's just say none of this is heading for a happy ending. The art in this volume is more gritty and less cartoony than previous volumes. It works, but I don't think it worked any better (or worse) than previous art in the series. It's just a strong series and the art always fits. Again, highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex E

    A case that hits close to home for Chace, this volume shows us that it's not just terrorist threats that the minders face, matters of national interest also fall within the purvey of the British Special Service. First off, let me say that this is easily the best volume of the series art wise. Jason Alexander ( no, not that one) is so much more well suited for this book. His style is much more realistic, heavy with shadows, and has almost a "dirty" feel to it... it just fits the tone so well. I ho A case that hits close to home for Chace, this volume shows us that it's not just terrorist threats that the minders face, matters of national interest also fall within the purvey of the British Special Service. First off, let me say that this is easily the best volume of the series art wise. Jason Alexander ( no, not that one) is so much more well suited for this book. His style is much more realistic, heavy with shadows, and has almost a "dirty" feel to it... it just fits the tone so well. I hope the next volumes can hit the high water mark that Alexander has set. The story is much more personal this time around, as a friend of Agent Chace's is at the center of a blackmailing scheme being done to her father, by some big wig corporate villain type. The father in question, is a billionaire who contributes a lot to the country's revenue. So when he has a problem, the BSS is inclined to assist in any way possible. Couple that with the personal investment that Chace has, and you have a volume that is smaller in scope, but not in quality. This is easily my favorite volume not just because of the story, but because of the art as well. I hope the volumes from here on out can maintain the level of quality. Recommended for fans of espionage thrillers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Much better on the art side, though sometimes the B&W left me wondering "wait, who's talking now?" Loved the use of French sans translation. I know I couldn't read it but it just lent an air to the story, a certain je ne sais quois. if you will. ;) I'm starting to visualize this in my head better and I think it could be a pretty good basis for a TV series. We've got enough of them, a British one would be great. Especially because a) they get away with a lot more on TV over there and b) way easier Much better on the art side, though sometimes the B&W left me wondering "wait, who's talking now?" Loved the use of French sans translation. I know I couldn't read it but it just lent an air to the story, a certain je ne sais quois. if you will. ;) I'm starting to visualize this in my head better and I think it could be a pretty good basis for a TV series. We've got enough of them, a British one would be great. Especially because a) they get away with a lot more on TV over there and b) way easier to have British actors star in it instead of American ones with shit accents.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Selwa

    J. Alexander has done a great job with the illustrations for this volume. The graphics are gritty and very expressive without being over stated. The character of Tara has been redeemed in this volume, as opposed to the busty, over sexualized Tara that seemed to have lost all of her psychological and emotional depth in volume 3. This volume was a page turner for me and I enjoyed seeing Tara's strength, tenderness, as well as her sexuality. The complexity of the personal and political as well as b J. Alexander has done a great job with the illustrations for this volume. The graphics are gritty and very expressive without being over stated. The character of Tara has been redeemed in this volume, as opposed to the busty, over sexualized Tara that seemed to have lost all of her psychological and emotional depth in volume 3. This volume was a page turner for me and I enjoyed seeing Tara's strength, tenderness, as well as her sexuality. The complexity of the personal and political as well as being under cover when dealing with a friend was compelling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Espionage thriller of the highest calibre! Rucka can make you love a character in a few pages and tear your heart out in twice that. Realistic and intense, Tara Chace is a wonderful character that you hate to love. Realistic flaws make her relatable and ridiculously awesome skills make her unbelievably powerful. Glorious book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric Smith

    So I'm going through all of the Queen and Country books right now, and everyone needs to read these. immediately. What a series. Smart writing, beautiful black and white art... I'll be looking for the hardcovers for my shelves very soon. So I'm going through all of the Queen and Country books right now, and everyone needs to read these. immediately. What a series. Smart writing, beautiful black and white art... I'll be looking for the hardcovers for my shelves very soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    Another good one from Greg Rucka (who is from Portland!!!). Hard nosed spy novel, not at all like James Bond more like Bourne without the crazy fight scenes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    This isn't much like the previous volumes as the world isn't at stake. Honestly, this was more of a chance to flesh things out between Tara and Ed. We also get a little look into Tara's past, before she was a spy. The art was basic and serviceable. Overall, a super quick read that is just a breather for the series. This isn't much like the previous volumes as the world isn't at stake. Honestly, this was more of a chance to flesh things out between Tara and Ed. We also get a little look into Tara's past, before she was a spy. The art was basic and serviceable. Overall, a super quick read that is just a breather for the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    BrokenMnemonic

    One of my favourite of the Queen and Country operations; partly because it's interesting to see the story involving the French DGSE as the opponents, partly for the art style - which I much preferred to that of the previous volume - and partly for the way the story looks tightly-focused, but works really well for highlighting the parallels between Tara's operation and her own life. One of my favourite of the Queen and Country operations; partly because it's interesting to see the story involving the French DGSE as the opponents, partly for the art style - which I much preferred to that of the previous volume - and partly for the way the story looks tightly-focused, but works really well for highlighting the parallels between Tara's operation and her own life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bryson Kopf

    An old friend of Tara's is blackmailed in a compromising position, and the Minders are deployed to take care of the situation. This was very low-fi spy work like in volume 2, but there is some good character work. There was a real focus on relationships, particularly of a physical nature from two very different situations. Less tension and action in this one, but some nice growth for Tara. An old friend of Tara's is blackmailed in a compromising position, and the Minders are deployed to take care of the situation. This was very low-fi spy work like in volume 2, but there is some good character work. There was a real focus on relationships, particularly of a physical nature from two very different situations. Less tension and action in this one, but some nice growth for Tara.

  12. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    Artwork is crap. I can't recognize anybody. There are two romances where the guy is clingy, so that part is pathetic in both instances. The story is about some blackmail where a lot of money is involved in regional investments. The characters are again plain and boring. I gotta read something else. Artwork is crap. I can't recognize anybody. There are two romances where the guy is clingy, so that part is pathetic in both instances. The story is about some blackmail where a lot of money is involved in regional investments. The characters are again plain and boring. I gotta read something else.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amory

    The first Q&C storyline I ever read, now much better with more context for the characters, and a little weird to realize how different the art is throughout the rest of the series. Good as a standalone, but even better in the whole flow of the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    catechism

    way better art than v3, but I didn't love the story. 3.5 stars. way better art than v3, but I didn't love the story. 3.5 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Annie Sem

    I liked going back to Weldon and Crocker's early days in the spy game. I liked going back to Weldon and Crocker's early days in the spy game.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Fantastic read. Tara Chace continues to be one of the best action girls out there and the art is a vast improvement over the "not bad, but just doesn't fit in this verse" style of last volume. Fantastic read. Tara Chace continues to be one of the best action girls out there and the art is a vast improvement over the "not bad, but just doesn't fit in this verse" style of last volume.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Why can't I find movie based on Greg Rucka works. This book is again just perfect for the Screen. delicious b story work. Why can't I find movie based on Greg Rucka works. This book is again just perfect for the Screen. delicious b story work.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Good one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark Wilson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nayiri Krikorian

  21. 4 out of 5

    Terry

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yayazaza

  23. 4 out of 5

    Doug

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joan Rieu

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brian Domingos

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura I.

  27. 5 out of 5

    David

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chadwick

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nick

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